Throughout his tenure, Donald Trump has accustomed us to his eccentricities. This time, it is the hair of the American president which is in question since a law has been specially amended so that Trump can style his hair properly. Indeed, the US administration has agreed to increase the water pressure so that Trump can have perfectly combed hair.
A question of hairstyle and hair, but also of dishes and laundry
The US Department of Energy has proposed to relax water flow requirements for shower heads following multiple complaints from the President Donald trump. The latter was indeed sorry that the low water flow hampered his ability to wash his hair properly. ” Because my hair – I don’t know about you, but it must be perfect. Perfects “, declared Trump during a speech at the White House in July. The president not only complained about the low flow of the shower head, he also complained about the water that would not come out of the sink and the toilet flush that would have had to be flushed several times before it doesn’t work.
Note that since 1992, federal law has stipulated that shower heads must not pour more than 9.5 liters of water per minute, regardless of the number of jets of the shower head. The new law proposes that each nozzle can discharge 9.5 liters of water per minute. Currently, shower heads generally have four nozzles. In addition, showers are not the only ones affected by the series of proposals for revising regulations limiting domestic water consumption. The water flow for washing machines and dishwashers should also be taken into account.
This proposed modification of the water flow follows a petition launched by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and other groups. According to them, the water flow is not sufficient given that a dishwasher cycle that should only take an hour takes at least twice as long. As an argument to justify this change in the water flow law, the Trump administration claimed that these regulatory changes would save average American households $ 3,100 per year.
An easing proposal that is far from unanimous
While the Trump administration seems convinced of the merits of their arguments, the defenders of the environment do not. reported Reuters. According to them, relaxing standards for bathroom fixtures could increase energy and water costs. This proposed modification of water regulations has even been described as “ridiculous”. Indeed, consumer groups felt it was a waste of water, especially as the western United States is going through a historic drought that is likely to get worse.
Otherwise, a survey carried out byAssociated Press has shown that consumers are generally satisfied with the flow of water in their household. According to Andrew deLaski, executive director of the energy conservation group Appliance Standards Awareness Project, the water flow is quite sufficient, since with a shower with four or more jets, ” it is possible to have a water flow of up to 40 liters per minute, which would undoubtedly propel you out of your bathroom. He added that those with low water flow should check their plumbing first.